The most common questions about tattooing

What can I do before tattooing?

girl laying on bed with tattoo on the hand
girl laying on bed with tattoo on the hand

At least 24 hours before tattooing, you should not consume alcohol, any drugs, or most medicine. You need to get rest, sleep and eat a lot. Do not eat shortly before tattooing at least two to three hours before. In the event of fatigue and insufficiency, you will not be able to calm down and concentrate during tattooing, you will probably be very restless due to increased hypersensitivity to the irritation caused by exhaustion, which can lead to unconsciousness.

Does it hurt?

Tattoo artist creating a black and grey tattoo on the hand
Tattoo artist creating a black and grey tattoo on the hand

Yes, tattooing hurts and anyone who says that it doesn’t hurt is lying! Tattooing is an uncomfortable but tolerable treatment that most people endure without any problems. Many catch fear and panic when they hear the sound of a tattoo machine and automatically connect and compare with the dentist. Tattooing causes an irritant feeling at moments similar to pulling of hair, of being scratched by something sharp, sometimes pinching and at moments the feeling of tickling. The full range of stimuli whose intensity depends on the place where you are tattooed, the length of your tattooing and your tolerance threshold. Most women compare pain intensities in tattooing with depilation with a depilatory machine. It is usually unpleasant, similar to when something is very hot and itchy at the same time and at that moment you must not scratch or react to the source of stimulation. It can be said that the first tattoo is an inherent initiation, testing itself, it is unfavorable for some fifteen minutes at the very beginning, and then you get used to it and you can tattoo for hours, while the second tattoo, the majority are no longer afraid or panic because they know what the feeling is.

Some clients wonder why an anesthetic isn’t given while tattooing. We do not give anesthetics because dosage of anesthetics can be extremely dangerous if someone is allergic to an anesthetic. Anesthetic allergy can cause anaphylactic shock when reanimation is required, therefore anesthesiologists have been trained for many years.

Also, by taking analgesics, alcohol and various drugs you will not bypass the irritating feeling of tattooing, but you will only exacerbate the thing. You can alleviate pain analgesics, such as headache or toothache, but not the pain caused by tattooing, as this is currently caused by pain. By consuming alcohol and drugs you will become more sensitive to pain because you will not produce endorphins, those are a natural anesthetic and you will be bleeding more strongly, and if you are suspected to be under the influence of any drug or alcohol you will not be tattooed

How to choose a motive for a tattoo?

Color tattoo of skull on hand holding paper
Color tattoo of skull on hand holding paper

Once a tattoo is made with a motive, you will spend the rest of your life with it, so do not make an unwise and swift decision about choosing a motive to not regret it later in life. Occasional articles on tattoos appearing in the domestic daily press and other domestic media are full of inaccuracies and information polls, you can properly inform yourself through numerous foreign tattoo journals and via the Internet on websites like this and in tattoo parlors.

The thematic side of the theme for tattooing is an individual matter, it can contain some concealed meaning given by the meaning of the symbol, can have a religious or ritual value, and can only be a personal stylish addition without any background philosophy, it is all an individual matter. When you decide on the thematic content of the theme, you still need to decide on the size and the place where the same theme will be tattooed. The most common mistake in choosing the first tattoo is a too small of a tattoo with too many details that have been blurred for years to become unrecognizable and becomes a stain. The skin as a medium of painting does not allow for a high level of detail therefore the tattoo with its size should be adjusted accordingly. It is also very important on which part of the body you want to put the tattoo on, because each of the themes does not fit every part of the body in your composition, and you are tattooed to emphasize your personality and beautify yourself, not to get blurred. When all the above criteria are met, you can only be sure of the correct selection.

How to maintain a tattoo?

Looking at women's back flower tattoo
Looking at women’s back flower tattoo

After tattooing, the tattooer has done 50% of the job, and the other 50% will have to be done by yourself, properly maintaining the tattoo according to the instructions given in the tattoo studio. A tattoo with regular treatment on average heals in a week. Within these weeks, you will have to look after the tattoo, keep it clean and lubricate it with some lotion to accelerate the epithelization of the skin (healing). Also, if you are dealing with some activities that are too sweaty, you must minimize these activities. The instructions vary from one person to another, depending on which part of the body the tattoo is on and it depends on the environment in which the person spends most of the time, such as whether the person is working or spending time in conditions where there is a lot of dust, or high humidity and temperature or works an office job, etc. The instructions should be strictly adhered to, otherwise the tattoo will be visibly lower quality.

Once you have it, for some time you should not expose it to the sun and preferably apply some body lotion until the young skin in the tattoo develops its elasticity and humidity. After about three months, there is no longer any special attention and care of the tattooed skin that would be different from skin care to the rest of the body or skin care before tattooing.